Château Smith Haut-lafitte

+33 5 57 83 11 22 33650
Bordeaux-Martillac, 33650
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HISTORY: The estate is located in a single block on a gravelly rise; 55 of the 72 hectares are planted with vines. The soil, consisting of gravel dating from the Gunz (or Nebraskan glacial) period, has two unique features. The first is superb natural drainage which forces the vine roots to sink more than six metres into the soil to seek nourishment in the form of water and mineral salts. The second is the "mirror effect", of the topsoil, whose pebbles reflect the sun's rays, helping the grapes to ripen beautifully. The noble Bosq family started growing grapes here as early as 1365. The property was purchased in the 18th century by Scotsman George Smith, who gave the estate its present name. He also built the manor house and exported his – by now famous – wine to England on his own ships. Monsieur Duffour-Dubergier, Mayor of Bordeaux and an enthusiastic winegrower, inherited Château Smith Haut Lafitte from his mother in 1842 and brought the wine up to great growth status. Impressed by Smith Haut Lafitte's excellent quality, the Louis Eschenauer company distributed the wine all over the world as of the early 20th century, deciding to buy the estate in 1958. Since the Eschenaueur period came to an end, a great Read more »

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  • Les Hauts de Smith Rosé 2007

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    This revered Pessac Cru Classé of the (mostly) maligned 2007 vintage emits smoke, French Roast Coffee, cedar, tobacco and cassis on the nose - quite inviting, actually; and the entry has a smooth maturity with light tannins and coffee-blackberry flavours dominating the palate and finish. Good finesse and elegance. Drink now for best results. ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  •    I just posted almost all of my notes on Bordeaux 2012 on my ... of high quality, while the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte 2010 white proved its mettle yet again (I liked it from barrel, from bottle earlier this year) with quite ripe orange but also very good acidity.  After the salmon and oysters, we enjoyed some veal in cream sauce and I reall... Read More

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  • Château Smith Haut Lafitte le Petit Haut Lafitte 2010

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    Wine review by Carlos Padilla


  • Les Hauts de Smith 2009

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    Wunderbarer 2. Wein von Smith-Lafitte. Leider noch etwas jung. Dafür sehr süffig! Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Hauts de Smith Blanc Graves Pessac Leognan Blancs 2008

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    Sehr muskulös, typische vegetale Noten im Gaumen. Ab in den Keller! Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend Wine 2009

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    Good dry Grave white vine Read More

    Wine review by Brian Hammond


  • Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend Wine 2009

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    Nicely approachable now and built to last well.91 pts.-Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend Wine 2009

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    look = 7/10, smell = 14/20, taste = 11/20; total = 32/50 Read More

    Wine review by mistersplice


  • Les Hauts de Smith Rosé 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by Local Vinacular


  • Smith-Haut-Lafitte Bordeaux Blend Wine 2009

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    Average "Professional Critic" Score is 97 points. At $235, it is 19% of the average price for a similar scoring Bordeaux wine. Read More

    Wine review by WineBlueBook


  • Excellent welcome at the winery, even at vendange on september 20th. cellar workers hectic like umpa lumpas did not faze the winery guide who remained calm and informative throughout. Stay at the adjoining Sources de Caudalie for vinotherapies to recover from the tastings! 2006 red showed very well but was overshadowed by 2005 white. Inves...

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